James Grovesteen II
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James Henry Grovesteen II (1816 - 1891)

James Henry Grovesteen II
Born in Schoharie, New York, United Statesmap
Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Descendants descendants
Died at age 75 in Brooklyn, Kings, New York, United Statesmap [uncertain]
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James Grovesteen II was buried in New Jersey.


He was the second James Henry Grovesteen.[1]

First wife Catherine Kittle, died in 1849

In 1860, the Grovesteen family lived in the 20th ward, New York City, New York, New York. The household included

  • James H Grovsteen, 43, born in New York, a piano manufacturer, with $5000 in real estate and $4000 in personal estate
  • Anna Grovsteenn, wife, 32, b. New Jersey
  • Jas Grovsteen 17 New York
  • Catharine Grovsteen 13 New York, in school
  • Anna Grovsteen 12 New York, in school
  • Wm Grovsteen 5 New York
  • Chas Grovsteen 2 New York
  • Waldo Abbott 30 Connecticut, m. publisher
  • Julia Abbott 24 Louisiana
  • Margaret Holmes. 17 Louisiana, clerk
  • Geo Goff 30 New York, lumber industry
  • Wm Stone 19 New York, lumber industry
  • Rosey Wade 28 Ireland, domestic
  • Mary Igo 28 Ireland, domestic [2]

In 1870, the Grovesteen family lived in Hackensack Township (New Barbados), Bergen, New Jersey. The family included

  • James H Grovestein 53 born in New York, piano manufacturer, with $10,000 in real estate and $2000 in personal estate
  • Anna Grovestein, wife 42 New Jersey, $1200 personal estate
  • Kate A Grovestein 22 New York, $600 personal estate
  • Anna Grovestein 21 New York, $600 personal estate
  • Willie P Grovestein 15 New York, student
  • Charles E Grovestein 12 New York, student
  • Milton W Grovestein 8 New York, student
  • Bessie Grovestein 3 New York
  • Catharine Murphy 40 Ireland, servant
  • Mary Fost 16 New Jersey, servant
  • John Delaney 22 Ireland, a laborer [3]

James H. Grovesteen, pianos, and William P. Grovesteen, clerk, were listed in the 1876 Wilson’s New York City Business Directory on page 539 as residing at 430 W. 23rd Street, New York City. James H. Grovesteen’s business address was 71 Mercer. New York City. [4]

James and Anna are mentioned in the marriage record of their son William: William Patten Grovesteen, 23, and Mary Law Field, 19, both born in New York City, were married on 23 October 1878 in Brooklyn, Kings, New York. It was the first marriage for both. Mary was the daughter of Charles H. Field and Emily Smith. William was the son of James Henry Grovesteen and Anna Vanderhoof. [5]

In 1880, the Grovesteen family lived at 430 W. 23rd St., New York City, New York. The three generation family included

  • George H. Grovesteeen, 63, born in New York (parents b. NY), a piano manufacturer
  • Annie Grovesteen Wife 52 New Jersey (parents b. NY)
  • William P. Grovesteen Son 25 New York, a banker
  • May Grovesteen (Dau. in law) 20 New York
  • Charles Grovesteen Son 22 New York, a physician
  • Milton Grovesteen Son 18 New York
  • Bessie H. Grovesteen Dau. 13 New York, in school
  • Norah Haven 25 Ireland, servant
  • Catherine Murphy 50 Ireland, servant
  • Emily Grovesteen, Granddaughter 8 mos. New York (dau. of William and May)
  • Anna Boyd 21 New York, nurse [6]

J.H. Grovesteen began building pianos early in his life. He had several successful partnerships during his long career as a piano maker:

  • 1846, Grovesteen and Senior
  • 1854, Grovesteen and Truslow
  • 1861, Grovesteen and Hale
  • 1869, Grovesteen and Fuller, to the end of his career

Grovesteen specialized in square grand pianos. [7]

James Henry Grovesteen, 1816-1981, died, aged 75. He died in Kings.[8] He is buried with his wife, Anna, their son, William P., and other family, at Elmwood Cemetery, New Brunswick, New Jersey. Their daughter, Anna L. Peabody (1849-1916) is buried with her husband in Massachusetts. [9]


  1. "U.S., Newspapers.com Obituary Index, 1800s-current." Ancestry.
  2. "United States Census, 1860", database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MC75-TH7 : 18 February 2021), Wm Grovsteen in entry for Jas H Grovsteen, 1860.
  3. "United States Census, 1870", database with images, FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MND7-QVD : 29 May 2021), Willie P Grovestein in entry for James H Grovestein, 1870.
  4. Wilson’s Business Directory, Vol. XXIX, 11 University Pl. (https://books.google.com/books?id=xrPQf2JTMeEC&pg=PA539&lpg=PA539&dq=william+p+grovesteen&source=bl&ots=ks1kP5cKaZ&sig=ACfU3U2uVLojjz1n2EH9YMuvXm9UyDrKgQ&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwiW2frPp6D1AhUrmGoFHdQODxwQ6AF6BAgjEAI#v=onepage&q=william%20p%20grovesteen&f=false)
  5. "New York, New York City Marriage Records, 1829-1940," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:24ZL-KL9 : 10 February 2018), William Paton Grovesteen and Mary Law Field, 23 Oct 1878; citing Marriage, Brooklyn, Kings, New York, United States, New York City Municipal Archives, New York; FHL microfilm 1,543,961.
  6. "United States Census, 1880," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MZ6F-7YF : 7 September 2017), William P Grovesteen in household of George H Grovesteen, New York, New York, New York, United States; citing enumeration district ED 340, sheet 577A, NARA microfilm publication T9 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), roll 0883; FHL microfilm 1,254,883.
  7. antique piano shop.com (https://antiquepianoshop.com/online-museum/grovesteen-fuller/)
  8. "Norman Van Wagenen Family Tree." Ancestry.
  9. FindAGrave (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/149725402/james-henry-grovesteen)

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